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The Founding of Point Edward

The Founding of Point Edward

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2004

The Founding of Point Edward

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Lambton
The Village of Point Edward
On the wall of the Public Library
on the west side of St. Clair Street
just north of Michigan Avenue


Coordinates: N 42 59.897 W 82 24.799

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Plaque Text

In 1838 John Slocum, a native of New York, established a commercial fishery on the site of a former military reserve here where the St. Clair River flows out of Lake Huron. The area remained sparsely populated until 1859 when it became the crossing point into the U.S. for the Grand Trunk Railway. Rapid development followed and in 1864 a town plan was laid out for the community called Point Edward, reportedly after Queen Victoria's father, Edward, Duke of Kent. In 1870 a steamship service was inaugurated to transport immigrants and supplies to western Canada and by 1873 the town contained stores, hotels, sawmills and large immigration sheds. Five years later it was incorporated as a Village with a population of more than one thousand.

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